By Elena Tiis
The pervasiveness of toilet paper is habitual, customary in Western society and its geographical ‘outposts’ elsewhere, yet this also partakes in a masking practice – namely, toilet paper is the commodification of defecation. Its usage is in fact a status positionality that needs to be bought via the privilege of access to sanitary infrastructure. Marx and Weber can be vested for the analysis of this pervasive but over-looked phenomenon in terms of class and status groups in a global context.
This article by Elena Tiis first published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 4. Click here for the complete text.
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